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Reference: Online Reference Resources

Encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, guides, and other resources for quick retrieval of factual information.

What are these sources?

Reference books can be found on the main floor of Olin, to the right when you enter. They cannot be checked out, but that means they are almost always available, and they can be copied.

Reference sources are a good place to get an overview of a topic in a few paragraphs or a few pages. Looking up a topic in a reference book is an excellent way to familiarize yourself with the key concepts, terminology, and people associated with the topic. This background is important both for understanding a topic and for searching effectively in online databases for articles and books. In addition, many reference works provide carefully selected bibliographies which may lead you to further reading.

General Reference

Art & Music


Books on Books

Business, Corporate and Financial Information

Citation & Style Guides

Citation Indexes


Grants and Foundations

Language and Literature

Philosophy & Religion


US Government

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